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Academic Guests - B-1/B-2, Visa Waivers and Other Non-Citizens at OSU
Academic guests are casual visitors with no formal relationship with the university. They are usually here for a few days to a few weeks. They may be here to give a guest lecture, to consult or observe, give a performance or other activities as a guest of the academic department. They also be VIP visitors or government officials.
Academic guests generally travel to the US with either a B-1 (Visitor for Business)/ B-2 (Visitor for Tourism) visa, or a WB (business visitor) or WT (tourist) Visa Waiver. These visa types restrict the following activities:
Academic Guests can be paid honoraria or reimbursement or reasonable expenses through a Personal/Professional Services Contract (PSC), but only under very strict conditions.
Visiting Scholars – J-1
J-1 Visiting Scholars come to the university for collaborative and mutually beneficial purposes such as instruction, research or cultural exchange. Visiting scholars come at the invitation, and with the support of a university host department, and typically have regular or courtesy appointments. Scholars may or may not be paid by the university, but must have adequate financial support for length of their stay.
Under this program there are various categories which should be taken into consideration prior to completing the application documents
Specialty Occupations – H-1B
H-1B is a non-immigrant visa status for those individuals intending to work in the United States on a temporary basis.
Treaty NAFTA for Canadian and Mexican Citizens – TN
TN is a non-immigrant visa status available to Canadian and Mexican citizens working in certain occupations, most of which require at least a bachelor’s degree.
Permanent residence (green card) allows a person to stay in the US on a permanent basis and is necessary for any faculty member to remain in a tenure-related position.